Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/31/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN) is writing the Netflix pilot THE CROWN, about “the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers. (Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman doesn’t know how to react to this one. I mean, I’m a Netflix subscriber and also the smartest man alive and, truth to tell, you wouldn’t catch me watching even 5 minutes of this cuz…boring…y’know?)
  • Drew Goddard (CLOVERFIELD) has gone screaming from Marvel’s upcoming DAREDEVIL series and will be replaced as showrunner by Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS). (Can’tcha see it? “I am Daredevil. No, I’m Daredevil. No, me, I’m Daredevil!” Oh well, I personally think it’s a good thing whenever a feature film guy exits TV and is replaced by, you know, a TV guy. Stevie knows what we’uns want – nudity, violence…that’s the ticket.)
  • David Kajganich (TRUE STORY) is writing OPEN CITY, an HBO movie about “the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub. (Oh, the mass audience is gonna love this one. Well, the mass audience as in Manhattan anyway.)
  • Here’s a cool switch: Andrea Berloff (WORLD TRADE CENTER) is adapting Alex Kershaw‘s upcoming book, Avenue of Spies into a TV movie for WGN America. (Nazis! Spies! War! Just the kind of change of pace we need in these peaceful times. Oh, wait–)